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Senate to hear from Pres, Prov, etc on Zoom, Wed May 13, 3-5PM

SENATE MEETING AGENDA – MAY 13, 2020, 3:00 – 5:00 P.M.

Updates here. Location: Zoom (Please see link to meeting below the agenda. )

The results of the recent elections are here. Turnout was very high.

3:00 P.M.   Call to Order

  • Introductory Remarks; Senate President Elizabeth Skowron

New Joint Senate/Administration Task Force on Long-Term Responses to Covid-19 Crisis 

Meetings will be confidential. No call for volunteers was made.

Co-Chairs :

Elliot Berkman, Associate Professor of Psychology, Senate President-Elect

Sabrina Madison-Cannon, Dean of the School of Music and Dance


Bruce Blonigen, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences

Liska Chan, Associate Professor, Landscape Architecture

Robin Clement, Director, Master of Accounting Program, Lundquist College of Business

Nicole Dahmen, Associate Professor, School of Journalism and Communications

Judith Eisen, Professor of Biology

Larissa Ennis, Assistant Director, Sponsorships and Community Relations, UO Advancement

Kent McIntosh, Knight Chair, Special Education, College of Education

Terry McQuilkin, Music Services Department, University Libraries and Instructor of Composition, SOMD

Michael Price, Senior Instructor, Department of Math

Lisa Redford, Department Head, Department of Linguistics

Jen Reynolds, Professor, Law School

3:05 P.M.  Approval of the Minutes

3:10 P.M.   State of the University

  • President Michael Schill
  • Provost Patrick Phillips

3:30 P.M.   Open Discussion (senators may submit questions in advance to [email protected] and [email protected], or at meeting)

  • Academic Continuity Guidelines (April revisions/additions) & Remote Education, Spring & Summer; 2020 – Slides
    • Academic Council, Chair (Frances White) & Members
    • Janet Woodruff-Borden, Executive Vice Provost
    • Ron Bramhall, Assoc Vice Prov Academic Exec
    • Kate Mondloch, Interim Dean Grad School
    • Doneka Scott, Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education and Student Success
    • Mark Watson, UO Libraries

4:00 P.M.    New Business

  • Updates: Open Access; David Condon, Mark Watson, et al. White paper here.

4:15 P.M.   Reports

  • Core Ed Council; Chris Sinclair/Emily Simnitt
  • SOAGIE; SJ Wilhelm

4:25 P.M. Notice(s) of Motion

  • US19/20-16: Resolution to adopt an Open Access Scholarship Policy; David Condon (Psychology), Margaret Sereno (Psychology), Mark Watson (UO Libraries)
  • US19.20-17: Creation of a School of Languages and Global Studies; Zhuo Jig-Schmidt (East Asian Languages & Literature).

This is legislation to require this proposal (which I’m unable to find on the web) to go through Senate approval. Letter from 28 faculty here, raising a series of questions about the proposal and the lack of faculty participation in preparing it:


4:25 P.M. Other Business

5:00 P.M.   Adjourn

Topic: University Senate – May Mtg
Time: May 13, 2020 03:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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  1. Not Brad Shelton 05/13/2020

    I’m not on this task force. I’d take umbrage, except for the fact that I’m not on this task force means that’s it’s just shared-governance theatre.

  2. Texas Guy 05/14/2020

    What happened to the proposed legislation on the School of Languages and Global Studies?

    • Elliot Berkman 05/14/2020

      Notice of motion (for the June meeting) was given. We had extensive discussion of the proposed new school at Senate office hours and will likely continue the conversation each week (Wednesdays 10-11:30, Zoom:

      This week, we heard a number of concerns related to the transparency, accessibility, and speed of the process, the level of faculty involvement, the level of Steering committee involvement, the potential for loss of disciplinary rootedness, and the lack of data to support the assumption that the change will solve the perceived problem.

      The Senate President and I are discussing these concerns with CAS leadership and the provost with the hope of addressing them well in advance of the June senate meeting. Our goal is to find a way to substantially increase faculty involvement in how the process unfolds and the final proposed changes.

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